February 2—Crescent Moon: Beginning. Imbolc. Grab a book of poetry, or better yet, write a poem of your own today. Imbolc festivities include honoring Brigid, the goddess of poetry, by sharing poetry. Let yourself be inspired and be an inspiration to others. The sign and phase of the Moon today supports poetic expression. The Moon is in Pisces most of the day (CST)—a sign prone to poetic reverie especially of the mystical kind. The waxing crescent Moon is always a happy sight. During this phase, the Moon reappears after a period of darkness to herald new beginnings. Imbolc aligns with this phase perfectly. This seasonal holy day is a time to dedicate ourselves to new projects for the year ahead. We are infused with gentle hope for this Aquarian Moon cycle. Remembering the importance of heart and grounded form, it is good to attend to both at this beginning. If your heart is a vessel, how will you fill it? How will you pour it? How will it nourish your New Moon beginnings?
Monday, February 3. Today is astronomical Imbolc when the Sun reaches the middle of Aquarius. We are at the core of the Aquarian journey. Hopefully you were able to take some time for yourself yesterday, while the Moon was in Pisces, because this could be a rough Monday. Be ready for unexpected reactions, frustrations or misunderstandings. The Moon in Aries gives us shorter fuses, however if you need a fire under you to truly commit to new projects, this is your day. The Moon contacts Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto and Venus through stressful aspects triggering this jittery configuration we’ve had influencing our lives for some time now. This isn’t new. If you are feeling stress, reflect on what responses you need to shift to make progress. We are being pushed to change. Venus is still at the degree of its station last week. Relationship is a primary place to make new and healthier choices. The dance could be between compromise and standing your ground. How do you know what to choose?
Tuesday, February 4. Anything left undone? Use the energy of the Aries Moon making an opposition to Mars in Libra to move things along. With Venus, the relationship planet, now moving forward and Mars in Libra, the relationship sign, approaching its own retrograde journey (begins on March 1), we are seeing our relationships in a new light. This will continue for several months. Discernment is needed to know when conflict is healthy and when it is harmful. Sometimes there isn’t one right answer. Notice how we tend to think there is.
Wednesday, February 5. Taurus Moon aids the intention of grounded structures. Taurus is the fixed earth sign that confronts the fixity of Aquarian air. A healthy give and take between Aquarian theory and vision with Taurean stability and protection gives us more to work with as we engage with the forces of transformation and change running through the world. Enjoy the calm that comes from embodiment. We feel more hopeful today after a couple of days of high-octane energy. Be aware that Mercury is slowing down to station retrograde tomorrow. We will need the patience of Taurus to wait out disruptions in communication and travel. A harmonious trine between Chiron and Jupiter increases empathy but may also mean we are more spaced-out than usual.
February 6—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. Trust is the operative word for the challenge of this lunar phase. With Mercury stationing retrograde in Pisces today we will have to employ trust when things don’t seem to be working out the way we planned. Perhaps a bigger pattern is being activated. Playful curiosity is a great way to approach Mercury retrograde periods. Mercury stations retrograde at 3 degrees Pisces (emotional wisdom) today, Mercury reenters Aquarius (visionary verve) on February 12. The core of the retrograde cycle happens on February 15 when Mercury joins the Sun; then Mercury will turn direct on February 28. The final stage will be when Mercury goes back through this area of zodiac until March 20 when it returns to the retrograde degree of 3 Pisces. Just because it looks like our plans are falling apart, it doesn’t mean we aren’t serving a larger Aquarian vision. Let us open the doorway to change.
Friday, February 7. The trickster aspect of Mercury is evident today. With the Moon entering Gemini (ruled by Mercury) we need to be flexible and find the humor in things going awry. After all, you are trying your best. Notice the distinction between mind and heart as this airy Moon squares watery Neptune this evening. Temporary escapism may take off the edge, but don’t numb out entirely. We can learn something valuable.
Saturday, February 8. I am going to hazard a guess that it was not easy sleeping last night. Gemini Moon engages with Uranus this morning, which can feel a bit like being on speed. Notice how busy your mind wants to be. Some of that mental energy is helpful and some of it is a distraction from our hearts and grounded structures. Remember how that is so essential this lunar cycle? What are you noticing?